“And then I pay them throughout the year … more, uh, additional salary than they normally get. And there’ll be a certain percentage, where he’ll send me an invoice ’cause he’ll take his team to Hungary or Serbia to play. And he’ll send me another $100,000 invoice. And I’ll pay that.” … [Read more...] about Wiretaps reveal how college admissions scandal worked at USC, UCLA
In the worlds of politics, media, entertainment, restaurants, being accused of sexual misconduct of almost any form has led to an immediate (if hardly fatal) reckoning, with high-profile men losing their jobs, having their ongoing projects canceled, losing sponsors and prominent positions. But in sports, this has not happened. Not only have there been shockingly few stories that have come out about prominent athletes and sports figures behaving awfully or criminally toward women, but when one does come out, the reaction has been decidedly, profoundly different than in other fields. In December, a Minnesota photographer detailed her experience with Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who she claimed assaulted her in a mall bathroom. Her story was harrowing and persuasive and on a par, or worse, with equally detailed stories about Hollywood and media figures who lost their entire empires. But Sano, following an investigation, was not suspended by MLB and suffered virtually no … [Read more...] about The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment
Last year, the NFL brought in revenues of more than $17 billion, and Major League Baseball earned more than $10 billion, records for both sports. An increasingly small percentage of all that revenue came from attendance. The NFL attributes most of its 2017 improvement to a new Thursday Night Football television package and increased media payments from other properties. MLB’s numbers, which grew even more the year before (when its Advanced Media arm spun off into its own company and was sold for $2.58 billion to Disney), came from expanded partnerships, local television ratings, and its own media-rights deals. Attendance has been down each of last seven years in MLB, and MLB’s revenue has been up every single season. Knowing that, how much would you sweat attendance numbers? … [Read more...] about Nobody’s Going to Sports in Person Anymore. And No One Seems to Care.
Much of the discussion, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s mammoth decision last May to lift the federal ban on sports gambling, has centered on how it will affect the major sports leagues and the games themselves. League commissioners once fought to keep gambling as far away from their sports as they could — five years ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the number-one threat to the integrity of pro football was gambling, yet another thing he was incredibly wrong about — but now, with the pump primed for deals with FanDuel and DraftKings, they’re fighting to make sure they get their piece of the pie, demanding “integrity fees” from sports books. These integrity fees ostensibly are to help leagues increase their internal protection against gambling-related scandal — remember, Tim Donaghy was just over a decade ago — but they’re widely considered the leagues trying to grab, for lack of a better term, their vig. But these are all … [Read more...] about Welcome to Our New Gambling Hell, Sports Fans
The winningest player in Salisbury University’s history, Spangler enters his first year as Goucher College’s Head Men’s Tennis Coach. Spangler and his staff have created a unique experience that not only teaches fundamentals and stroke technique, but also helps campers create a winning mindset with ongoing and constructive feedback. … [Read more...] about Nike Tennis Camps Announces First Baltimore Summer Camp Location at Goucher College